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ISLAMABAD: The Medical Teaching Institutions (MTI) Act/Ordinance is meant to improve and modernise the management of public sector hospitals and accommodate the patients with better facilities, stated Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The Punjab MTI (Reforms) Ordinance 2019, drafted on the pattern of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s MTI Act, was promulgated after the Punjab governor signed it on Monday with the approval of the premier.

According to the MTI Ordinance, the government hospitals would be run by a fully empowered Board of Governors (BoGs). This will consist entirely of members from the private sector. They will have the power to appoint admin officials on key positions and appoint senior faculty members. The post of Principal shall be converted into Dean who shall be appointed by the BoG for a period of five years

The document further stated that there would be a management committee for each hospital. The committee will consist of a hospital director, medical director, nursing and finance directors and two members nominated by the BoG.

After showing concern over the state of healthcare in the government hospitals of Punjab, the PM gave a 15-day deadline to the minister to bring about improvements. Under the directives of the PM, the ordinance was promulgated without further delays.

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